Jack Wolfskin elevated its 3D-printed carry system featured in its latest series of Aerorise hiking backpacks.

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts often need to choose between a backpack for durability or lightness, comfort or ventilation. Jack Wolfskin’s new Aerorise carry system offers a solution by placing four independent 3D-printed panels on the shoulders and lumbar region for a lightweight, multi-zone body fit. The panels’ open cell structure with thousands of individual struts enhances ventilation, maintains comfort and improves load control even with heavier loads.

The technology found in performance running shoes comes from polymer solutions by Oechsler, an additive manufacturer in Germany, and Carbon, a 3D printing company. It enables a combination of lattice structure patterns that provide different degrees of vertical and horizontal firmness – soft where comfort is needed and firm where more structure is necessary. The design is breathable and can reduce back temperatures “by up to 5˚C (9˚F).”

In line with Jack Wolfskin’s commitment to providing high-performing sustainable equipment, there is less waste in producing 3D-printed designs than in conventional production. Due to the customizable nature and control over structural attributes of the 3D cushioning, only as much material is used as is needed. Additional gluing steps or assemblies are not required, unlike traditional carry systems.

The Aerorise series includes a 20L and 40L version and will be available this summer.

Photo courtesy Jack Wolfskin